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With no loser points, quite a different view of the standings

By Mike Harrington

In one of the most baffling stats of the season, the Chicago Blackhawks fell to 0-6 in overtime winners and 5-13 after regulation with Tuesday's 5-4 OT loss in Calgary. The Blackhawks are now 32-10-13 and that league-high total of loser points has their total up to 77, or third overall.  Detroit and New Jersey both have 11 loser points, although the Devils are almost certain to rue their 0-8 shootout record come April unless they improve it.

Every so often, I want to NBA- or MLB-style the current NHL standings so I'm going to do it here.

You know. No loser points. You just win or you lose. Then compare the winning percentages to what the overall standing really is, given the preponderence of three-point games.

The Sabres, of course, still come out last. But it gives you an interesting gauge, especially as you look to the playoffs, about which teams might be underrated and which teams are inflated by those extra points.

Going by my theory, here's a look at how the standings go by winning percentage. Losses are added together, whether they come in regulation, OT or shootout. The number in parentheses is the overall standing in the league of the team when you count its loser points.

You can really how see how Detroit and Chicago are inflated while teams like the Rangers, Columbus and Winnipeg are a little underrated. The same might apply to Montreal, although the Habs have been mostly dreadful of late and that may not apply to them much longer.

The W-L version of the NHL
1. Anaheim 39-16, .709 (1)
2. Pittsbugh 37-16, .698 (4)
3. St. Louis 36-16, .692 (2)
4. Boston 34-18, .654 (6)
5. San Jose 34-19, .642 (5)
6. Colorado 33-19, .635 (7)
7. Tampa Bay 31-22, .585 (8)
8. Chicago 32-23, .582 (3)
9. Los Angeles 30-25, .545 (9)
10. Montreal 28-25, .528 (13)
11. Minnesota 29-26, .527 (10)
12. NY Rangers 28-26, .519 (15)
13. Toronto 28-27, .509 (12)
14. Vancouver 27-27, .500 (11)
15. Columbus 26-27, .491 (19)
16. Philadelphia 26-28, .481 (16)
17. Phoenix 25-28, .472 (14)
18. Winnipeg 25-30, .455 (25)
19. Carolina 24-29, .453 (17)
20. Dallas 24-29, .453 (20)
21. Washington 24-29, .453 (22)
22. Nashville 24-31, .436 (23)
23. Detroit 23-30, .434 (18)
24. Ottawa 23-30, .434 (21) 
25. New Jersey 22-32, .407 (24)
26. Florida 21-32, .396 (27)
27. NY Islanders 21-34, .382 (26)
28. Calgary 19-34, .358 (28)
29. Edmonton 17-38, .309 (29) 
30. BUFFALO 14-38, .269 (30)

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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